For Birdwatchers

At any time of year keen birdwatchers should be able to see well over 50 species of birds during a week’s stay. The rich and varied range of ecological habitats at Ardmarnoch in combination with our wildlife friendly management policy means that the estate could quallify as a bird sanctuary! Over 100 species have been identified.

Over two miles of mostly rocky coastline, with sandy bays and offshore islands attract a variety of sea and shore life. Large areas of ancient oak woods teem with woodland birds in summer, while areas of coastal heath, grassland, rough pasture, mixed ‘policy’ woodlands, gardens and adjoining forestry plantations and moorland help to attract a wide range of birds and other wildlife.

Birds seen frequently at Ardmarnoch throughout the year

Barn Owl Great Spotted Woodpecker Red Breasted Merganser
Blackbird Great Tit Redshank
Black Guillemot Greenfinch Red Throated Diver
Blue Tit Grey Heron Robin
Bullfinch Grey Wagtail Dock Pipit
Buzzard Herring Gull Shag
Chaffinch Hooded Crow Song Thrush
Coat Tit Jay Sparrow Hawk
Common Gull Long Tailed Tit Starling
Cormorant Mallard Stonechat
Dunnock Meadow Pipit Tawny Owl
Eider Duck Mistle Thrush Tree Creeper
Goldcrest Oystercatcher Wood Pigeon
Goldfinch Pheasant Wren
Greater Black Backed Gull Raven

Birds seen frequently at Ardmarnoch – Summer Visitors

Blackcap Pied Wagtail Spotted Flycatcher
Common Sandpiper Redpoll Swallows
Cuckoo Redstart Tree Pipit
Gannet Reed Bunting Spotted Whitethroat
Grasshopper Warbler Ringed Plover Willow Warbler
House Martin Siskin Wood Warbler

Birds seen frequently at Ardmarnoch – Winter Visitors

Curlew Purple Sandpiper Turnstone
Dipper Redwing Woodcock
Fieldfare Snipe
Golden Eye Teal

Other birds seen at Ardmarnoch

Arctic Tern Greenshank Peregrine
Barnacle Goose Greylag Goose Pied Flycatcher
Black Headed Gull Grey Plover Pink Fronted Goose
Black Throated Diver Guillemot Razorbill
Brambling Hen Harrier Sand Martin
Canada Goose House Sparrow Sanwich Tern
Chiffchaff Jack Snipe Shelduck
Collared Dove Kestrel Twite
Common Crossbill Kittiwake Whitear
Common Tern Lapwing White Footed Goose
Garden Warbler Linnet White Swan
Golden Eagle Little Grebe Whooper Swan
Goosander Nuthatch Yellow Wagtail
Great Northern Diver Osprey

Any unusual or interesting sightings should be reported to the Gardener, who also will be happy to give any interested visitors information on any aspect of the local wildlife, gardens or acheology.